Congratulations, you who pied Ralph Klein. It was a direct hit and well executed. King Ralph surely had it coming. But why did you choose banana cream? Is it a reference to Alberta becoming a banana republic over the past 20 years since Klein began giving away the province's fossil fuel and forest wealth to his cronies?
I would have chosen a Black Forest cake. The Black Forest in Germany has been dying off due to acid rain from industrial pollution. Alberta's boreal forest isn't doing much better.
Banana cream or Black Forest, the pie in the face is a political statement with an honourable history in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA and elsewhere.
San Francisco's Biotic Baking Brigade (BBB) (http://bioticbakingbrigade.org) justifies the urge to pie this way: "Diverse in philosophy and targets, diffuse in geography and structure, the movement comprises freedom-loving folks with a sense of aplomb and gastronomics. Fighting a guerrilla media and ground war with the titans of industry, these revolutionary bakers and pie-slingers have achieved in short order what can truly be called a Global Pastry Uprising (GPU)."
The pie is so bold it can't be ignored. It breaks through the thick veneer of public relations that surrounds the powerful, and it upsets the tables of the moneychangers. It takes the power from the powerful - if only for an instant. "Satire has always been one of the last weapons of the dispossessed,' the BBB says.
Pie-rect action has an immediate outcome compared to long and slogging campaigns of letter-writing and knocking on doors.
The puff story of Klein flipping pancakes at the Calgary Stampede got flipped into something else. Not that we have any idea why the three young people did it. They have no voice, thanks to the corporate-owned media.
But a quick scan of the Net takes me to Canada's pieing site, www.entartistes. ca (tarte is French for pie), where a press release explains the Calgary action: "Is it surprising to see Ralph Klein opposing the Kyoto Accord for the right of big corporations to pollute, the same corporations that finance his campaigns?'
Pastry-hurling is a political statement, not a criminal act. Should the three stooges have been jailed for their antics? Lighten up, Alberta. Political protest is guaranteed under the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms, section 2b, if I'm not mistaken.
You're not expected to feel comfortable when people protest or throw pies, but if it can be done with humour and tastes good, has any harm really been done? protest politics